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MU police officer terminated after photo of blackface incident is discovered

March 19th, 2019

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Today, University of Missouri officials terminated MU Police Officer Marcus Collins immediately after leaders verified a photo of Collins in blackface.

Collins acknowledged that he was the individual in the picture and that it was prior to his employment with the police department.

“This type of behavior is not tolerated at Mizzou, and we understand how this impacts our entire community profoundly,” MU Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright said. “Racism, hate and insensitive behavior have no place on our campus. We are committed to our values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence, and to making our campus a place where everyone feels welcome and protected.”